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Teaching Ritual$
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Catherine Bell

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195176452

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176452.001.0001

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 Ritualizing Zen and the Art of Writing

 Ritualizing Zen and the Art of Writing

(p.89) 6 Ritualizing Zen and the Art of Writing
Teaching Ritual

Ronald L. Grimes

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the author's discovery of the pedagogy of yielding the teacher's control to the very rites with which he has empowered his students. The chapter's author teaches Buddhism and writing in unorthodox ways, not because he thinks either is special but because such subjunctive experiences, however complex and dangerous, can be effective ways of teaching. The chapter concludes by arguing that although the line between teaching and practice is fine and never easy to walk, it is always worth trying.

Keywords:   teaching, ritual, pedagogy, Zen, Buddhism, religion, writing

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